Dave Bolland admits to being a cheater—though not the kind who gets suspended.
"I think sometimes I might gamble too much [and] it may come back and bite me," the Blackhawks center said of his approach to penalty killing. "But I think … you've got to cheat sometimes to get those breaks. You might get scored on and something [bad] may happen, but if you do cheat you might get that goal."
Although Bolland lacks blazing speed—"He's hard to lose; he's not moving very fast," teammate Jonathan Toews said, laughing—he is a threat to turn a penalty kill into a breakaway.
Bolland has seven shorthanded goals in his NHL career, and one of his favorites came in Game 1 of the 2010 Stanley Cup finals against Philadelphia. He took RedEye through the play.
Step 1: Steal the puck
"The puck came around [the boards] and I think [Flyers defenseman Braydon] Coburn tried to pull it across the blue line. I think he was trying to take a soft shot. I just poked it away from him."
Step 2: Lose the defense
"From our blue line to their blue line I knew I had to get as much speed as I can because I knew another guy would be coming at me."
Step 3: Beat the goalie
"By the time I got to their blue line I started to realize that I had enough room to slow down and really look at what I had to do. I think I stuck it five-hole on their goalie [Michael Leighton]."Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun